Transcendental Meditation Cult Meeting Canceled in
by Y. Cohen
Due to the brisk efforts of the activists of the Anti-Cult
Department of Lev L'Achim, and the many requests of the
city's residents, the managers of the Paradise Hotel in
Beersheva canceled a meeting of the Transcendental
Meditation Cult of the Maharishi scheduled for last Monday
(27 Sivan) in the hotel.
As soon they learned of the cult's intention to hold an
introductory lecture and then a prolonged course, Lev
L'Achim's activists told the hotel's general director about
the plans and the dangers involved. They also told him that
the gedolei Yisroel have determined that the
Transcendental Meditation cult has an element of avoda
zora and that participating in their meetings and
hosting them is totally forbidden. After Lev L'Achim's
repeated appeals to the hotel's management to cancel the
event were unanswered, Lev L'Achim published an announcement
in Yated Ne'eman and the Hamodiah on the
issue. This measure was effective, and many businesses
called the hotel and said that if it didn't cancel the
meeting, they would sever all contacts with it.
By the same token, the head of the Kashrus Department in
Beersheva's city council, Rabbi Meir Suissa, sent a letter
to the hotel's administration stating that if the event was
held in the hotel, he would remove its kashrus supervision
and cancel its kosher lemehadrin certificate.
After all this, in the midst of a confrontation taking place
in the media between him and Rabbi Zev Steiglitz from Lev
L'Achim, the hotel's general director announced that the
hotel would cancel the lecture.
Lev L'Achim's activists thanked all those who helped thwart
this dangerous activity.